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Decisive Moment Prepares for Indiana Derby

Just For Fun Stable’s 3-year-old Decisive Moment and Shivananda Parbhoo’s 5-year-old Giant Ryan are among the high-profile stakes runners on the grounds at Calder Casino & Race Course this season, and both worked five furlongs Friday morning, the former bound for the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) next Saturday at Hoosier Park.


Decisive Moment was timed five furlongs in 1:02 flat for trainer Juan Arias as he gets ready for his first start since finishing second as the favorite behind Manicero in the $75,000 Naked Greed Stakes here on Aug. 20. A Florida homebred by With Distinction, Decisive Moment won the $75,000 El Kaiser Stakes here in late July.


Arias has re-iterated his opinion that Decisive Moment gets better as cooler weather approaches as he did this time last year, with career highlights including runner-up finishes in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3) in November and $500,000 Spiral Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park in late March, the latter won by Animal Kingdom and sending both into the Kentucky Derby (G1).


Plans for Giant Ryan are less defined as he hasn’t run since a hard-fought neck victory in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) here on Summit of Speed day, July 9, with California shipper Irrefutable second and Kentucky invader Noble’s Promise third. Giant Ryan was posting his fifth consecutive victory for trainer Bisnath Parboo.


Giant Ryan was timed five-eighths in a ‘bullet’ 1:01 2/5 Friday morning, but the move marked only his second recorded workout since the Smile Sprint. The New York-bred son of Freud won three straight at Aqueduct and Belmont Park early this year before returning to Calder to win the $75,000 Ponche Handicap on June 11 by 4 ¾ lengths ahead of the Smile Sprint score.


Parboo also had 2-year-old colt Trinniberg on the track to work five-eighths in 1:01 4/5 Friday morning. The son of Teuflesberg made a big splash last out finishing second in the $250,000 Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Sept. 5, beaten three-quarters of a length at odds of 68-to-1 after leading to deep stretch of the  seven-furlong test run over a ‘sloppy’ track.


Trinniberg, who also races for Shivananda Parbhoo, son of the trainer, won his career debut at Calder by 5 ¾ lengths on July 8 and tired to fifth in the $150,000 Saratoga Special (G2) in mid-August in his only other start before the Hopeful.


Although Trinniberg is nominated for the $100,000 Birdonthewire Stakes to be run at six furlongs here at Calder next Saturday, he is expected to ship back to New York for a start in either the $150,000 Nashua Stakes (G3) at six furlongs next Sunday at Belmont or the $300,000 Champagne Stakes (G1) going a mile there on Sat., Oct. 8.

 

 

 

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